COVID-19 – How Kangaroos are responding

As many of you will be aware, we have sadly had to postpone all of our clubs, activities and trips indefinitely in response to government advice concerning the transmission of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

We take the health and safety of our members and our staff extremely seriously and cannot put the safety of any of our young people, employees or volunteers at risk.

We are obviously disappointed that we can’t provide the routine and fun that our clubs and activities bring to all of our members’ lives. But, having said that, we are determined to adapt and find other ways to support our disabled young people and their families through these uncharted times. We are ‘Kangaroos’ after all and we’ll stop at nothing to keep the Kangaroos’ spirit alive.

So, please be assured that we are working hard behind the scenes to regroup and think of ways we can continue to support our young people.

Today we are launching a closed Facebook group for our members, parent/carers, staff and volunteers to encourage everyone to share stories, ideas and tips on how they are coping. It is foremost a forum for anyone to ask for advice or get help. We will be encouraging our Kangaroos community  to reach out to each other to ensure no one feels isolated and alone. Simple things like picking up medication or shopping could make a real difference to some of our families who may struggle to get out.

We can and will get through this, and while it will be a challenge, we will do everything we can to keep our members safe and connected.

In true Kangaroos style, we are still bouncing with energy and ideas. We are currently working on how we might be able to use video technology to stay connected with our young people. And we will be sharing information on activities many of our members will be able to do at home.

Most importantly, for the time being we have taken the decision to keep our office open (usual times), but with limited staff to comply with safe distancing. We also have additional hygiene rules in place to keep our office space safe. 

We felt it important our office remains open as long as possible to enable us to keep in touch with all of our members, staff, volunteers and supporters. However, should government advice change in the coming weeks, and lead to the closure of our office, we are already set up to work from home.

It is a great shame that we have had to postpone all imminent fundraising events, but we are already looking at other ways we can keep our supporters connected. We’ll be looking at other ways we may be able to hold a virtual event through conferencing technology, such as Zoom.

Yes there are challenges ahead and we are obviously sad that we can’t offer the usual clubs, activities and trips that we usually do for our members, but we wouldn’t be Kangaroos if we didn’t look for positives. We are confident we will find new and innovative ways to support our young people until life goes back to normal and we can reopen our clubs.

Thank you to everyone who is working hard to keep the Kangaroos commitment and support going through difficult times.